who do you think is the best (or your favorite) bassist of all time and why?
My personal favorite/the person who i think is the best has to be[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Harris_(musician)]Steve Harris[/url] from Iron Maiden
He is what aspired me to be a bassist he gave it an edge that i had never heard before, it was like hearing music for the first time in my life again.
Im gonna have to go with Cliff Burton. He was an amazing bassist with amazing riffs, and like so many great musicians, was taken from us too early.
Les Claypool! I'm madly in love with him. He's great. Primus is on my top five.
I think my favorite bassist has to be Victor Wooten, even though he's not on your list. He can make some badass sounds from his bass and I love how funky his stuff can sound.
That would definitely be Cliff Burton!
I've been playing electric bass quitar for five years now, and after I listened to Remain in Light, the album by Talking Heads, Tina Weymouth has been a huge influence.
Tina has a great sense of time/rhythm, she's definitely underrated in the bass community.
I have so many I love... to pick only one is so difficult.
I like Roger Waters of Pink Floyd alot. Very jazzy sound, not too flashy, but exactly what each song called for.
Of course, Cliff Burton is one of my favs, as I love Metallica.
But I think my all time favorite is Marcus Miller. He's just a truly great musician and songwriter. Brilliant, actually.
By the way, Primus Sucks.
They're all great
I'm a big fan of Burton...I think he was on his way to innovating a lot and he really stood out in a genre where a lot of bass players just sit back. Steve Harris is nice too and I thank him for keeping Maiden together throughout all it's many member changes over the years. Flea is just Flea!
Among my favorite bassists are Mike O'Neill of The Inbreds and Rod Slaughter of Duotang... both defunct bands of the 90s. Both bassists/bands were bass and drum duos, and their later albums incorporated some other instrumentation... but the bass played both rhythm and lead roles, played with original techniques to cover everything. Innovative players in the indie scene that, by and large, ended up going unnoticed by the masses.
Adam Clayton of U2. He's not flashy but his playing so perfectly compliments Larry Mullen Jr's rhythmic drumming. Can you imagine that band without Adam's trademark moody bass?
Runner up would be Duran Duran's John Taylor. Go back and listen to the bass in those early records, stunning stuff.
I voted Les Claypool from Primus, but I think Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers deserves a mention. And why no John Paul Jones on the list? Led Zeppelin?! C'mon!!
If I have to choose from the list I will say Cliff Burton. He had a nack for doing more than your traditional bassist. Personally I think Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath should be on the list, considering most of those guys were inspired by him to play bass.
Definately Les Claypool. Victor Wooten and Flea definately deserve a mention though